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CMHA commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day

Each small moment can add up to make a big difference.

That's the message individuals, organizations, policy makers and advocates are sharing this year to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) estimates that each day in Canada, 11 people end their life and 210 make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries. The tragedy of suicide impacts the entire community.

Raising awareness opens doors to help, hope and healing. CASP is encouraging Canadians to participate in WSPD and take a minute to:

• Wear a suicide prevention ribbon

• Speak up and share the message on social media that help is available

• Reach out to a friend or family member who may be struggling and ask them if they want to talk


CMHA Champlain East offers Livingworks certified trainings, for more information click here.

Though not all suicides can be prevented, some strategies can help reduce the risk, such as:

• Seeking treatment, care and support for mental health concerns — and building a good relationship with a doctor or other health professionals

• Staying connected with a care team or community-based program to help manage stress and monitor for thoughts of suicide

• Building social support networks, such as family, friends, a peer support or support group, or connections with a cultural or faith community

• Learning good coping skills to deal with problems, and trusting in coping abilities


Universal prevention strategies recommended by the World Health Organization also include increasing access to health care and responsible media reporting.

For more information or to learn more about the suicide prevention or positive mental health, contact CMHA Champlain East at 613-933-5845 or 1-800-493-8271.


The suicide prevention Coalition would like to thank  YoutTV    Cornwall for providing the promotional video’s for our upcoming “POSTER CAMPAIGN” in 800 school buses, reaching 33,000 students a day by February 28th, 2018.   This collaboration between Your TV Cornwall, STEO, Kids Help Phone and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Champlain East has been an example of how communities can work together to prevent suicide. In connection with World Suicide Prevention Day the coalition along with its partners is making every effort to support youth in our community by providing visibility to a 24 hour resource aimed at supporting youth www.kidshelpphone.ca


click on logos below to reach their websites


Reach Out Now


Segment 1- World Suicide Prevention ( Coalition)




Segment 2- World Suicide Prevention (STEO)


Kids Help Line

Segment 3- World Suicide Prevention (Kids Help Phone)


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International Association for
Suicide Prevention (IASP)


Mood Walk

Mood Walks was developed by the CMHA as a province-wide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature,
or “green exercise,” as a way to improve both physical and mental health.

An increasing body of evidence suggests that one of the best ways to improve mental well-being is by simply
spending more time outdoors. Walking in nature has been proven to provide health benefits such increased
energy and immunity, increased weight loss and fitness, increased Vitamin D production, and reduced risk of
diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.




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One in five Canadians will experience mental illness during their lifetime. It’s crucial that we educate Canadians about the nature of mental illness and reduce the stigma associated with the disease. A number of myths have led to misunderstandings about mental illness, preventing many people from seeking and getting help when they need it. All of us can make a difference for the nearly 6 million Canadians affected by mental illnesses.

Mental Illness Awareness Week brings us some fundamental messages:

Reach out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to ask how you can help. This is a message for the family as well as for the person who is suffering alone and for all of us who know someone in trouble.

Get help early. Early intervention and treatment reduce long term disability from mental illness.

Talk about it. Share your stories to help others understand.

Share the care. Treatment and support of people with mental illness involves many types of caregivers; each has an important role to play.

Hope. While there are no cures for severe mental illnesses, improved treatments and community supports offer increased hope for recovery from its symptoms and a better quality of life.

Respect differences. People with mental illnesses and their families are as diverse as the general population.

Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents sufferers from seeking the help they need, impairs recovery, affects the quality and availability of care and needed supports and even takes lives. Stigma also continues to keep mental health low on the health agenda.
Mental illness knows no boundaries; it can affect all people, regardless of age, culture, income and education.

We all have a role to play.



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Hawkesbury thank you sponsors 2017 




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If you register a group of 10ppl min – 30ppl max from your agency , business or school for a chance to win a pizza lunch courtesy of:


Please note: You must register by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 613-933-5845 to be entered in the draw
Winner will be announced at the event (must be present to win). Provide contact name, organization and # of people attending.

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at this year’s 14th annual Mental Illness Awareness Walk !



Cornwall Gift Sponsors for the 2017 MIAW 


Join us for our 14th Annual Mental Illness Awareness Walk for your chance to win great door prizes from the following:

SDG sponsors for MIAW 2017 

Click here to read article in the Standard Freeholder

Click here to read the Seaway News article





As Mental Illness Awareness Week comes to a close CMHA Champlain East would like to thank local sponsors in the Cornwall & Hawkesbury region for their generous contribution to this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Walk. La semaine de sensibilisation aux maladies mentales est terminée et l'ACSM de Champlain Est souhaite remercier les généreux commanditaires locaux des régions de Cornwall et de Hawkesbury pour leur contribution à la marche de sensibilisation aux maladies mentales. 













FACE IT: Mental illness concerns us all.   

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Why Mental Illness Awareness Week?

For too long, Canadians with mental illnesses have been in the shadows. Too few Canadians know about the burden of mental illness on our society, and too few sufferers seek help when they need it. Mental Illness Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of the level of mental illness in Canada; to reduce negative stigma about mental illness amongst the general population and health care professionals; and to promote the positive effects of best practice in prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment

About Mental Illness in Canada

Mental illness affects more than six million—or one in five—Canadians. Of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide, five are mental disorders. Close to 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year and it is the most common cause of death for people aged 15 - 24. By 2020 it is estimated that depressive illnesses will become the leading cause of disease burden in developed countries like Canada.

Many Canadians do not recognize that they are ill while others don't seek help because of misconceptions about these diseases. Taking the time to learn about mental illness could make all the difference to you or to someone you care about. It's important to watch for warning signs of mental illness—and to seek medical advice as soon as possible if any become apparent. Symptoms include:

      • Marked personality change
      • Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
      • Strange ideas or delusions
      • Excessive anxiety
      • Prolonged feelings of sadness
      • Marked changes in eating or sleeping patterns
      • Thinking or talking about suicide
      • Extreme highs and lows
      • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
      • Excessive anger, hostility
      • Violent behaviour
      • Irrational fears

Mental Illness Awareness Week is coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health






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